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Switzerland
Our home will be your home

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First things first: we know Switzerland, inside out and top to bottom. That shouldn’t be a surprise (we are Swiss after all!) but it’s always interesting to notice how many people don’t actually know what’s on their doorstep. You won’t have that problem with us. But we don’t want to overwhelm you with our in-depth knowledge and limitless passion for all things Swiss, so let’s start with a few fun facts. 

snowcapped mountain view from window
where it is

Where it is

Western Europe

When to go

When to go

All year

Why go there

Why go there

Spectacular scenery
Traditional culture
Old towns

what to see

What to see

Lakes & mountains
Scenic train rides
Unspoilt nature

alpine glaciers

The shape
of Switzerland

alpine glaciers

Nowhere in Switzerland is more than 69km from the international border, thanks to the unusual shape of the country.

It is landlocked and surrounded by five other countries, from tiny Liechtenstein to giant Germany.

With bridges and tunnels to master the challenging landscape, Switzerland has the most-used train network in the world.

women playing musical instrument

Meet the people

women playing musical instrument

Each year, a typical Swiss person eats more chocolate than carrots or tomatoes.

A Swiss woman usually lives longer than a Swiss man – 85.6 years to 81.9 years.

The most common names are Daniel and Peter for men, Maria and Anna for women.

belled cows climbing up steps

The natural world

belled cows climbing up steps

There are 65 trees for every person in Switzerland (but no one has ever counted them all).

The combined length of Swiss rivers and streams is 61,000km, or 1½ times round the equator.

With 48 peaks over 4000m high, Switzerland is rightly known as the Roof of Europe.

entrance of Engadin style house

Step back
in time

entrance of Engadin style house

Switzerland was born in 1291 beside Lake Lucerne in a meadow called Rütli.

William Tell never existed, even though most Swiss people think that he did.

The last time Switzerland was invaded was in 1798 by the French, who stayed for 17 years.

 

breathtaking view and delectable desert

Swiss gifts to the world

breathtaking view and delectable desert

The best Swiss invention is, of course, milk chocolate, which was first created in Vevey in 1875.

Household staples such as tin foil, stock cubes and the electric toothbrush are all originally Swiss.

The world wide web was created at CERN in Geneva, although it was by a Brit, Tim Berners-Lee.

Essential Switzerland

Switzerland sits at the heart of Europe, surrounded on all sides by the European Union (but it is not itself a member). The country is made up of 26 cantons, or mini-states – each with their own traditions, but with a federal govenrment and parliament in Bern. Around 8.6 million people (and 1.6 million cows) call Switzerland home and there are four national languages. It has a Latin official name, Confoederatio Helvetica, that is shortened to CH.

How to know the time zone

Time zone

UTC +1

Check the flight time

Travel time

It’s just around the corner

local currency

Local currency

Swiss franc

Dial code by country

Dialling code

+41

Switzerland